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Essential Oils


How Essential Oils are Used

Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they need to be used with care. Apply them by the drop. The general rules are to add them to your bath or to dilute them in carrier oils, such as sweet almond, jojoba, sesame, canola, hazelnut or grape seed, before using topically. They can also be diffused in the air. Select essential oils with similar properties and blend together to create your own unique aromas. To preserve your oils, always store them tightly closed in a cool place. Heat will cause the oils to evaporate and the light will alter them chemically, reducing their effectiveness.

Which Oils to Choose? 

Using Essential Oils while at Home

  • As an Air Freshener: Enhance your home naturally. Many of the synthetic commercial air fresheners merely mask smells, but essential oils cleanse the air. Not only can they make your rooms smell pleasantly but in recent scientific studies have demonstrated that some essential oils have disinfectant properties while others have a positive impact on your mood.

  1. Use the fresh smell of citruses or invigorating scent of Peppermint in the kitchen; use the purifying smell of Eucalyptus or Rosemary in a sickroom; or use lavender in the family room for calming and comfort.

  2. Add 10 drops of your favorite oil to each ounce of water in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. For longer lasting effect, place oils in a diffuser, lamp ring or add to water in a simmering potpourri pot.

  • Use in the Bedroom:  Put a few drops on a tissue and place in your pillow at night.

    • Lavender, Marjoram or Roman Chamomile to help you relax

    • Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Jasmine and Patchouli to create a romantic mood.

    • Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Basil, Niaouli or Tea Tree to help you breath when congested.

  • Use In the Kitchen:  Put a few drops of Lemon and Eucalyptus in your soft soap by the kitchen sink. Make sure to mix well.

    • Use Lemon, Eucalyptus or Lavender in rinse water when wiping the table or working surfaces.

    • Add any to the citruses to your dishwater for a natural zing.

    • Soak your washcloths and dish towels in a mixture of Lemon, Lavender and Tea Tree after each use and before washing them.


  • Use for House Plants: To fight bugs naturally , spay plants with Basil and Lemongrass mixed in water.

  • Use in the Laundry: Add a few drops of your favorite scent to the final rinse. Make sure you add oils to the water - never directly on the clothes! Dry on low. Put oils on a clean cloth and put the cloth in the dryer.

  • Use in the Bath: Add no more than 8-10 drops to your bath. Use less if your skin is sensitive. Stir the water briskly to disperse evenly. Alternatively, add 10-20 drops of oils to 1 ounce of carrier oil. Mix well. Add desired amount to bath and stir briskly.

    • For a relaxing bath, try Lavender, Marjoram or Nerolil.


  • For Skin Care Add 10-20 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce of carrier oil, unscented natural lotion or cream. Use less if you skin is sensitive or for children or the elderly. Mix well before using.

    • Dry Skin - Rose, Neroli, Geranium, Palmarosa.

    • Oily Skin - Lavender, Carrot Seed, Cypress, Bergamot, and Ylang-Ylang.

    • Aged (or Rough) Skin - Carrot, Frankincense, Yarrow.

    • Blemishes - Clary Sage, Bergamot, Elemi.

  • For Hair Care: Add essential oils of choice to unscented natural shampoos and conditioners. Use 10-20 drops per ounce. Choose oils specific for you hair type. Mix well before using.

    • Normal Hair - Lavender, Rosemary

    • Dry Hair - Geranium, Sandalwood

    • Oily Hair - Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Rosemary

    • Head Lice - Tea Tree

  • For Congestion: Eucalyptus, Basil, Tea Tree, Rosemary.

  • For Massage:  Add essential oils of your choice to carrier oil in the proportion of 10-20 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce of carrier oil. Use the lesser amount for sensitive skin. For the elderly and children, use no more than 5-8 drops per ounce.

Using Essential Oils while at Work

Put a few drops of essential oils on a tissue or on some cotton balls and place in a plastic bag to keep longer.

  • To help you focus - Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Lemon, Black Pepper or Cardamon.

  • To Stay alert - Lemon, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Rosemary.

  • To calm nerves, reduce stress and relax (after a hard day) - Ylang-Ylang, Lavender.

Using Essential Oils while Traveling

  • Put Lavender and Geranium on a tissue to help alleviate stress and anxiety of traveling.

  • In the Car - Peppermint, Grapefruit or Rosemary to help you stay alert while driving and manage anger and irritation associated with traffic.

  • To freshen up after a long journey use Lemon or any citrus

  • To help overcome jetlag - put Peppermint and Eucalyptus in your bath or in water in a basin using a washcloth to wipe the solution over your body.

Using Essential Oils while Outside

  • To keep bugs and insects away - Basil, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Lavender and Geranium.

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Essential Oils Reference Chart

Chamomile Softening; Soothing Anti-inflammatory Appeasing
Lavender Softening; Healing; Oil Control Calming
Marjoram Astringent; Analgesic Calming
Orange Softening; Anti-wrinkle Sedative
Petit grain Softening; Anti-wrinkle Refreshing
Rosemary Healing; Rejuvenating Uplifting; Antidepressant
Tangerine Drainer Soothing; Sedative
Ylang-Ylang Oil Control Calming' Euphoric
Bergamot Controls eczema and Seborrhea Antidepressant
Cedar wood Controls dermatitis and eczema Relaxing
Clove Healing; Analgesic Intellectual Stimulant
Nutmeg Analgesic Stimulant
Palma Rosa Moisturizer; Cell Regenerator *
Patchouli Tissue Regenerator; Anti-inflammatory Calming
Petit grain Softening; Anti-wrinkle Refreshing
Rosewood Cell Regenerator Uplifting
Vetiver Anti-irritant Sedative
Ylang-Ylang Oil Control Calming' Euphoric
Birch Arthritis and Muscular Pain Relief Energy Balance
Chamomile Healing; Softening; Anti-inflammatory Calming
Clove Analgesic; Antiseptic Intellectual Stimulant
Juniper Relieves rheumatism and irritated skin Calming
Rosemary Healing Appeasing; Uplifting
Thyme Healing; Anti-inflammatory Anti-depressant

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Properties of Essential Oils

Basil Anti-bacterial, anti-infections, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic (powerful), anti-viral, decongestant, nerve stimulant, uplifting, migraines
Bergamot Analgesic, anti-bacterial (strep throat/staph infections), anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative, uplifting, refreshing, anxiety, depression, stress and tension; digestive system, emotional balance, skin.
Birch Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant (bone), warming; muscular pain, cramps, hypertension, sensory awareness; muscles and bones.
Cedarwood Anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insect repellant, sedative, purifying; nervous tension, calming effect for anger; nervous and respiratory systems.
Chamomile, Roman Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, calming, relaxing; neutralizes allergies, skin regeneration; depression, anxiety, stress, irritability, nervousness, dispels anger, stabilizes emotion, soothing and clearing to the mind, promotes peace and patience.
Clary Sage Anti-convulsive, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, nerve tonic, sedative, soothing, tonic, warming; hormonal imbalance, cramps, PMS, pre-menopause; enhances dream state, brings about euphoria; hormone system.
Clove Bud Analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, immune stimulant. Speeds healing of mouth and skin sores.
Coriander Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, stimulant (cardiac, nervous, circulatory) anti-inflammatory, sedative, lovers glucose, supports pancreas, muscular aches, nervous exhaustion,  migraine, digestive system, lo physical energy, stress, irritability nervousness, shock and fear. 
Eucalyptus Radiata Anti-bacterial, anti catarrhal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, expectorant; respiratory system.
Frangipani Assist in restoring peace and harmony, refreshes, assists in deep cleansing - letting go of  "old issues"
Geranium Anti-depressant, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insect repellant, refreshing, relaxing, sedative, tonic, releases negative memories, takes up to peaceful, joyful moments, eases nervous tension and stress balances emotions, liver chakra, hormonal imbalance lifts spirits, fosters peace, well-being and hope; skin , emotional balance.
Ginger Antiseptic, laxative, stimulant, tonic, warming; digestive disorders, motion sickness, muscular pain; digestive system, nervous system.
Grapefruit Anti-depressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, tonic; fatigue, drug withdrawal, cleansing for kidneys, balancing, uplifting, relieves anxiety; cardiovascular system.
Jasmine Anti-catarrhal, anti-depressant, antispasmodic; opens doors to emotions, produces feelings of confidence, energy, euphoria, and optimism, reduces anxiety, apathy and depression, relationships; emotional balance, hormonal system. 
Joy An exotic blend of lemon (Citrus lemon), Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata), bergamot (Citrus bergamina), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), rose (Rosa damascena), and rose geranium that produces an uplifting magnetic energy bringing joy to the heart. When worn as a perfume, it exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.
Juniper berry Antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cleaner, detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant, tonic; kidney and liver problems muscle aches, nerve function and regeneration, wounds,; evokes feelings of health love and peace, elevates spiritual awareness; digestive and nervous systems, emotional balance.
Lavender Universal oil, analgesic, anti-coagulant, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-infections, anti inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, cardio tonic, regenerative, sedative; burns, balancing body systems, bruises, stress, promotes consciousness, health, love peace and well- being; cardiovascular system, emotional balance, muscles and bones, nervous system, skin. Lavender is  the most versatile of all essential oils and has been highly regarded as soothing to the skin. The French scientist Rene Gattefosse was the first to discover these properties when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory accident. It can be used to cleanse cuts, bruises, scrapes, and skin irritations.  Lavender has also been studies for its relaxing effects both physically and emotionally. Lavender is one of the most versatile of all essential oils, it soothes and relaxes, cleanses and soothes cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. It is calming, relaxing and balancing, both physically and emotionally.
Lemon Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, invigorating, refreshing, tonic; anxiety, blood cell formation, liver problems, lymphatic cleansing, digestive problems, nervous conditions, promotes healing, physical energy and purification, fragrance is invigorating, enhancing and warming; digestive, immune and respiratory systems. Lemon is a bactericidal and helps activate the white corpuscles of the immune system.  It can serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin.
Lime Anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, restorative, tonic, stimulating, refreshing,; similar to lemon, tightens skin and connective tissue, exhaustion, depression, listlessness,; digestive, immune and respiratory systems.
Niaouli Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal (strong), anti-inflammatory (prostate and nerves), antiseptic, antiviral, digestive tonic, protector against radiation, tissue regenerator (strong); respiratory allergies, infections, muscles and bones, respiratory system (see Tea Tree) 
Orange Anti-depressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative, tonic; angina (false), cardiac spasm, dyspepsia, palpitation, emotional support; digestive system, emotional balance, skin. 
Patchouli Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic insecticidal, stimulant (digestive), tonic; digestive toxic material in body, allergies, dermatitis, fevers, tissue regeneration, anxiety, it is calming, relaxing and sedating; skin. 
Peppermint  Analgesic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory (prostate and nerves), antiseptic, antispasmodic, invigorating; asthma, bronchitis, Candida, digestive aid, headache, nausea, respiratory aid, fatigues; purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind, reduces fevers, increases mental accuracy; digestive, hormone, nervous and respiratory systems, muscles and bones. Peppermint is good for soothing the digestive system and has ability to affect the liver and respiration. Scientists have also researched peppermint's role in affecting impaired taste and smell and mental accuracy when inhaled. Studies have shown peppermint's ability to improve concentration and in triggering weight loss.
Rosewood Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, antiviral; acne, skin Candida, skin elasticity, tissue regeneration, wounds; appeasing to the mind, relaxing to the body; skin.
Sage Anti-bacterial, anti-cancerous, antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic, disinfectant, estrogen-like; respiratory infections, menstrual difficulties, digestive complaints, inflammations of mouth and throat, strengthens senses and memory, estrogen and progesterone-testosterone balance,; depression, mental fatigue and strain; hormone system.
Sandalwood Anti-depressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, calming, sedative and tonic; similar to Frankincense, enhances mediation, removes negative programming from cells, nervous tension, supports cardiovascular system, skin regeneration; calms harmonizes and balances emotions, opens third eye, vibrates between 7th and 1st chakras; emotional balance, muscle and bone and skin. 
Spearmint Anti-bacterial anti-catarrhal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, hormone-like, insecticidal, stimulant; bronchitis, hypertension, increases metabolism, well being; releases emotional blocks, lifts spirits; digestive system, emotional balance.
Spruce Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cortisone-like, disinfectant, tonic, arthritis, immune-depression, rheumatism, stimulates thymus and adrenals; grounds body, creates balance, releases emotional blocks; nervous and respiratory systems.
Tea Tree Analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, strong antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, immune-stimulant, insecticidal, neuro-tonic, stimulant, tissue regenerator; immune-building, colds, rash, skin healing, fungal infections, warts wounds; promotes cleansing and purity; respiratory system.
Vanilla Promotes relaxation to viscera
Violet Leaf Anxiety
Ylang-Ylang Anti-depressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, tonic; anxiety, arterial hypertension, mental fatigue, palpitations, balances male and female energies, lowers blood pressure, frustration, enhances relations hips, calming and relaxing, helps with anger and low self-esteem,; cardiovascular and hormone systems.

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Guidelines for Safe Use of Essential Oils:

  • Exercise caution when applying essential oils to the skin that has been exposed to cosmetics, personal care products, soaps, and cleansers containing synthetic chemicals. Some of them - especially petroleum-based chemicals can penetrate and remain in the skin and fatty tissues for days or even weeks. Essential oils may react with such chemical and cause skin irritation, nausea, headaches, or other uncomfortable effects. 
  • Essential oils can react with toxins built up in the body form chemicals in food, water, and  work environment. 
  • If you experience a reaction to essential oils. discontinue use contact your health care provider or physician.
  • Always keep a bottle of V-6 Mixing Oil or any pure vegetable oil handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.
  • Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.
  • Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use.
  • Essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) should not be used on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age.
  • Direct sunlight and essential oils: Lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, White Angelica, an d other citrus oils may cause a rash or darker pigmentation if applied to skin exposed to direct sunlight of UV rays within 3-4 days.
  • Keep essential oils away form eye area and do not put into ears. Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on your fingers. Oils with high phenol content - oregano, cinnamon, thyme, clove, lemongrass, bergamot, Thieves, and ImmuPower - may damage contact and irritate eyes.
  • Pregnant  women should consult their health care professional before using essential oils and avoid Idaho tansy and oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity, such as clary sage, sage and fennel.
  • Epileptics and people with high blood pressure should consult a health care professional before using essential oils. Avoid hyssop, fennel, and Idaho tansy oils.
  • people with allergies should test a small amount of oil on a small area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the arm, before applying the oil on other areas. The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.
  • Before taking Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS)* essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil soluble liquid like hoe, olive oil or soy milk
  • Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Use bath gel base as a dispersing agent for all oils applied to our bath.

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Call your local poison control center if ingested. Do not use directly on skin. Always dilute to 3% with a carrier oil ( such as sweet almond, jojoba, sesame, canola, hazelnut, olive oil, or grape seed), or unscented lotion before using topically. Use a 1% dilution for sensitive skin or for children and the elderly. Test on a small patch of skin first.

Keep oils tightly closed and bottles out of reach of children. Do not take the oils internally unless prescribed for you by a properly qualified physician. Do not use if you are pregnant, epileptic, or have high or low blood pressure until you discuss it with your physician. Keep away from eyes. Should oil get into the eye, wash with water thoroughly for 15 minutes.

Consult your health care professional about any serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances, such as essential oils, for serious heath conditions that require professional attention.

*regarded as safe by the FDA

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As long as the spirit is strong, the body will follow for the body is forever the slave of your mind and can be willed to achieve great feats.

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

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